July 12, 2013

Faith Briefs: July 12, 2013


---- — Chateaugay Church hosting food, craft sale on Saturday

CHATEAUGAY — The Chateaugay United Methodist Church will hold a food and craft sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the church.

Lunch will be served at noon.

The event is sponsored by the United Methodist Women.

For information, call497-6891.


Vacation Bible School planned in Keeseville

KEESEVILLE — A “VBS Custom Garage” opens July 14 to 17 at the Keeseville Good Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, 124 Hill St.

At the Vacation Bible School, kids will learn to love God and serve others in fun and creative ways.

The event is free to all children ages 5 years and up. There will be daily offerings to help cover expenses and raise money for a mission project.

There is also be a special toddler program for age 4 and under. Contact the director to register or for more information.

The event opens 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, July 14, with lively songs in the Tune-Up Center. Small groups will move to Tool-Talk to learn to use God’s word and move on to Road Map Memory.

Also planned are Gear-Shift Games, and each child will paint and design a custom Pinewood Derby car to race.

Parents, family and friends are invited to come to the Race and Rally Day on Sunday, July 21, to hear and see what the kids have learned, enjoy lunch and watch the races.

Children will be divided into “race teams” and “rev-up” to raise money to help develop and supply discipleship resources for children in every world region.

For more information or to sign up, contact Deb Johnson at 643-7033 or the church office at 834-9408.


Plattsburgh church hosting Bible school

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh Church of the Nazarene invites all community children ages 3 years through fifth grade to a Vacation Bible School.

“Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stand Strong for God” will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19, at the church’s 187 Broad St. location.

At Kingdom Rock, kids will participate in Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into treats and experience Bible adventures.

They will also collect “Bible Memory Buddies” to remind them to stand strong and test out “Sciency-Fun Gizmos” that they can take home and play with. Kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called “God Sightings.”

Children will also join an international missions effort to share God’s love.

Each day concludes with “Fanfare Finale,” a celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at 8:10 p.m.

For more information, call 561-1960 or visit


Go Green is theme of Baptist Bible School

PLATTSBURGH — The First Baptist Church on the corner of Court and Oak Streets in downtown Plattsburgh is holding Vacation Bible School 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, through Thursday, Aug. 8.

This year’s program, “I Go Green,” will focus on God’s creation, the Earth, and how Christians should cherish, respect and take care of it.

The program will be for children ages 4 through 12 and will include scripture lessons, songs, crafts, games videos and snacks.

For more information, call the church at 563-2793 and leave a message or contact Laraine Locklin at 563-6949.


Pilgrimage toSt. Anne’s Shrine scheduled

ISLE LaMOTTE, VT. — On Sunday, July 21, the Knights of Columbus, their families and friends from throughout the Diocese of Ogdensburg will participate in the 65th-annual pilgrimage to St. Anne’s Shrine in Isle LaMotte, Vt.

The pilgrimage begins with the celebration of a 12:15 p.m. Mass by Most Reverend Terry A. LaValley, bishop of Ogdensburg. Following Mass, he will join the pilgrims for a picnic lunch on the shrine’s grounds. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will take place at about 2:30 p.m.

Located on the shores of Lake Champlain, only a few miles from the Rouses Point Bridge, the St. Anne’s Shrine dates to 1666 when the French erected a fort and chapel on the site. The chapel was blessed in 1893 and a statue of St. Anne, the mother of Mary, was erected.

For more information, call Pilgrimage Coordinator Peter Keenan at 643-9241.


Ticonderoga church to host Bible School

TICONDEROGA — Vacation Bible School for all area children, preschool through grade 6, will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 1045 Wicker St. in Ticonderoga Monday, July 22, through Friday, July 26.

The school is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. each day in the church fellowship hall.

“Under the Acacia Tree: Celebrating the Gospel” is an African Adventure and Africa University Vacation Bible School theme this year.

Each evening, Bible stories, skits, crafts, snacks and active games will be featured. Familiar hymns will be sung, such as “Kum-By-Yah” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” 

To register or for more information, call Kim Powers at 585-6670 or the church office at 585-7995.


Friendship Volunteers trainedin Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Mercy Care for the Adirondacks recently commissioned a new group of Friendship Volunteers.

They are: Karen Fleming, Gladys Hatch, Arlene Horton, Raymond McIntyre, Albert Pozzi, Margaret Ratigan, Cynthia Rowe, and Arthur Volmrich.

The training and commissioning ceremony were held at St. Margaret’s Convent Library and Chapel in Lake Placid.

Mercy Care has recruited and trained more than 100 Friendship Volunteers who have contributed over 13,000 hours of volunteer service in the Tri-Lakes area since January 2008.

Sister Catherine Cummings, a registered nurse, directs Mercy Care’s Friendship Volunteer and Parish Nurse Programs.

If you are interested in becoming a Mercy Care Friendship Volunteer or Parish Nurse or if you are an elder and need the services, call 523-5582.

The next Friendship Volunteer training class will be held in Saranac Lake on Oct. 9 and 16.